Humanist Musings

Can You Be Good Without God?

From good without God:  What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe page 1, by Greg M. Epstein.

…that question does not need to be answered–it needs to be rejected outright.  To suggest that one can’t be good without belief in God is not just an opinion, a mere serious musing–it is a prejudice.  It may even be discrimination.  After all, would you ever ask:  Is it possible to be a good person if you’re a Muslim? Or Buddhist? Or Jewish? or Christian?  Would you feel comfortable working for an employer who implied that all gays and lesbians were immoral?  Or all Democrats?  Or all Republicans?  How would you feel if your daughter were planning to marry someone who claimed that all Catholics were lousy, unethical human beings?  Or all Protestants?  This is the sort of all-or-nothing condemnation of a huge population one is making if one suggests that goodness and morality require belief in a deity.

 

 

 

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